North Carolina State University decided to host a kinky bingo night. The bingo game itself wasn’t kinky but the prizes included butt plugs, dildos and vibrators. The dirty bingo was arranged by the Student Activities Board as a way of having fun and promoting safe sex. Oddly enough, many students were pretty pissed that their student fees were going to such a “crass” game.
“The certified educators plan to use some of the items (those that are appropriate) to demonstrate healthy sex practices,” said Lauryn Collier, president of North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) UAB.
It seems like a fun and funny way to talk about sex but some students found it offensive. Although to me it sounds like these students are just uncomfortable discussing sex at all.
“The fact that a public university is going to spend mandatory student fees on such an event is just repulsive,” said Emma Benson, an NCSU student and state co-chair of the libertarian organization Young Americans for Liberty. “Repulsive” is an overstatement.
Killing puppies, bullying and stealing candy from a baby are repulsive – a few sex toys are not. She continued, “There is nothing that involves reading 50 Shades of Grey or using a butt plug that promotes safe sex.”
Actually using a butt plug is the epitome of safe sex because it’s totally risk free, as is reading a book instead of doing the dirty deed. Another student, Jason Cockrell, said, “I think that it’s patently obvious that this is not an appropriate use of student fees. It doesn’t pertain to safer sex.”
I think a lot of the students are overlooking the humor and the fact that the “certified educators” actually plan on discussing and demonstrating healthy sex practices. While I think it’s fine for students to be concerned about where their money is going it just seems as though these particular students are a little misguided. As long as the event is about safe sex and it is, what is the big deal if a few sex toys are involved? I can’t help but wonder if these students are equating “safe sex” with abstinence instead of contraceptives. It would explain why they think sex toys have “nothing to do with safe sex.” What do you think?